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Acting like it's 2005 or something, the great Fedor Emelianenko says he is "much closer" to joining the UFC than ever before.

He delivered the comments during an episode of The MMA Hour. Fedor, considered to be the greatest heavyweight mixed martial artist of all time, has never fought in the UFC, although he is has been close on many occasions.

"Right now, I'm much closer compared to when I just came back to MMA," Emelianenko said. "Yes, we did receive an offer. But there are some finer points that we wanted to discuss."

Emelianenko was once a legend of PRIDE Fighting Championship, an expert in sambo-style wrestling, with a incredible ability to submit an opponent, often larger than him, at any point during a fight. Emelianenko never made it to the UFC, largely because of a contract dispute between the UFC and Emelianenko's promotional company, M-1 Global. Now, at 39, Emelianenko, may be closer to making a deal happen.

"I always wanted to fight for UFC and I would fight for UFC, but at this moment we're looking at the deal and the deal has to satisfy both parties -- them and my organization," Emelianenko said. "Until there's no friction, until we are 100 percent in terms of seeing eye-to-eye, we are all basically in limbo."

The signing of Fedor would create some interesting matches, including a rematch with Fabricio Werdum, who tapped Fedor out in Strikeforce, and a dream match between he and Brock Lesnar, Cain Velasquez or even Jon Jones.


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